Japanese dancer Akiko Tokuoka blends Japanese traditional dance with voguing

Akiko Tokuoka and the Japanese Aesthetics of Voguing

Akiko Tokuoka was inspired by a non-Japanese person who was inspired by Japan. Although the New York-based dancer was born and raised in Kyoto—a popular tourist destination and Japan’s cultural hub—she had no formal training in Japan’s traditional arts, such as tea ceremony, calligraphy, and Nihon buyo, traditional Japanese dance. “I was not familiar with it at all,” she says. She admits that her home … Continue reading Akiko Tokuoka and the Japanese Aesthetics of Voguing

Wakashu, Timeless Beauty of the Third Gender at The Secret Theatre

Akiko Tokuoka Presents Wakashu, Timeless Beauty of the Third Gender Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. The Secret Theatre – 3802 61st Street, Woodside, Queens Admission: $35 | $30 in advance New York-based performance artist Akiko Tokuoka presents Wakashu, Timeless Beauty of the Third Gender this weekend at The Secret Theatre. This dance and performance piece celebrates gender freedom in a … Continue reading Wakashu, Timeless Beauty of the Third Gender at The Secret Theatre